Old Scotch FC: 12.13-85
AJAX FC: 10.2-62
Goal Kickers: J. Sansom 2, J. Clarke 2, S. Lynch 2, H. Larwill, T. Kerr, D. Gilbert, J. Bull, A. Franetic, J. Daggian
Best Players: J. Bull, W. Carrington, H. Larwill, J. Sansom, A. Jelbart, C. McDonough
The Cards continued their run of strong finishes, as they pulled away in the last quarter at Smorgan Oval to defeat a determined AJAX FC by 23 points.
The Cards were jumped in the first quarter as an accurate AJAX outfit threaded through 4 straight goals to 2.2. The Cards hit back in the second term, and went into the half time break leading by 13 points as they held the Jackers goalless in the second term.
The third quarter saw AJAX hit back with 5 goals, but the Cards kept their noses in front with 3 goals of their own, to go into the last quarter with a slender one point advantage.
In the last, the Cards outscored AJAX 4 goals to 1 to take out an entertaining contest by 23 points. Best on ground was Scotchies skipper Jack Bull with Will Carrington showing why those in the know at the club were glad to see him return from a bad run of injuries. James Sansom, Jordan Clarke and Sam Lynch all contributed 2 goals apiece on a tough day for forwards.
Next week Old Scotch take on Mazenod down at Central Reserve, Oval 2 at Glen Waverley. Come on down and support the boys as they look to try and make it five wins on the trot against what is sure to be a determined Mazenod outfit.
Goal Kickers: C. Watts 4, E. Furey 2, W. Stewart 2, J. Nikolovski, J. Hurley, C. Millar
Best Players: M. Wills, J. Hurley, E. Furey, C. Millar, J. Nikolovski, A. Harlock
With three wins to start the season the Old Scotch reserves side were full of confidence as they head out to Gary Smorgon Oval to come up against the might Ajax football club. The proverbial game of two halves was again the story of the year as Max Wills and Jack Hurley led the way for the cardinals to a strong 10-goal victory.
Blustery and wet conditions greeted the reserves side and with captain Henry Dick losing the coin toss, we were forced to kick against the wind to start the game. Jack Hurley gave our midfielders first use of the ball as he continued his formidable return from injury. Sam Neil, who is as strong as an ox, enjoyed the contested ball and used his elite hands to feed the ball out to our straight running kickers. Charlie Millar moved well around the forward flanks and provided a safe option leading up the ground. With the ball coming down to our tall forwards, Justin Nikolovski (fresh from a week in the backlin) was able to take advantage of the crumbs as he kicked a very impressive goal on the run. Despite the wind, Old Scotch outscored the Ajax reserves 2.3.15 to 1.1.7 in an impressive display of football despite the environmental misfortune.
The second quarter was about as pretty as Nic Bennison is after a night out at Bobby McGees, the skills were ugly, the contests were abundant and the congestion around the ball prevented any clean passages of play. Frustration mounted and we entered the main break having not scored a goal and leading by the small margin of 3 points.
‘Keep it simple stupid’ was the message at half time and that’s exactly what worked for the reserves side as we piled on 4 goals into the wind whilst restricting Ajax to 1 measly point. Max Wills and Angus Harlock were great links between midfield and forwards as they constantly put the ball in our advantage. Will Stewart looked lively in attack kicking 2 goals to lead the league goal-kicking, restoring order from last week.
The last quarter displayed the return of junk time master Chris Watts, as he piled on 3 goals in 5 minutes to snuff the chances of an Ajax comeback. With 4 goals for the game Chris showed how dangerous he can be and what a vital part of the club he is.
Next week the reserves head out to the unfamiliar grounds at Mazenod College with a chance to go 5-0 and really start to build momentum towards the ever-important middle games of the season.
Goal Kickers: N. Walmsley 3, D. Carey, J. McIntosh, S. Filippou, A. Greenaway
Best Players: C. Matthews, H. McCallum, A. Greenaway, N. Walmsley, R. Goodey, J. McIntosh
The mighty thirds headed to Harry Trott oval in a special Monday night game against Ajax, looking to continue their unbeaten start to the season. With a huge crowd of Old Scotch supporters assembling the boys were more than excited to put on a show and come out strong. The first started in that fashion with Scotch dominating the ball early but unable to apply ample scoreboard pressure, with a lapse late in the quarter allowing the first placed Jackas back into the game as we went into the first break with a slender 3 point lead.
While the boys were still brimming with confidence, the Ajax leaders began to step up in the middle and cause havoc throughout the second and third term, pilling on 10 goals to 1 in those two quarters to have the boys trailing by 54 at 3qtr time.
Despite the deficit, the lads were determined to hold on and not roll over in the last quarter and as such began to find some rhythm kicking the first 3 goals of the quarter. Ajax again kicked goals late to eventually run out 55-point winners on a disappointing night for the thirds. Although the result did not go our way, we will lick our wounds and bounce back this week against Carey at home with our season very much still on track at 3-1.
Goal Kickers: O. Don 2, J. Ford, S. Dawborn, T. Anderson
Best Players: E. Maxwell, T. Edney, S. Dawborn, T. Anderson, M. Hackett, M. Martin
Under 19’s Reserves
Goal Kickers: A. Roller 6, K. Forbes 4, H. Starkins 3, T. Lindholm (O/A U19) 2, D. Clearihan 2, A. Bennett, H. Moar, J. Maginness, J. Richards (O/A U19), B. Arnold, J. Loveridge
Best Players: A. Roller, B. Arnold, H. Starkins, T. Lindholm (O/A U19), F. Halligan, J. Loveridge
Coming up against bottom of the ladder Fitzroy back at Camberwell, the U/19 Reserves knew this was a very good chance to go two wins and two loses for the season, as well as gain some percentage. We started exactly how we wanted, coming out of the blocks fast with a goal in the first minute. Big Lindy was killing it in the ruck, failing to lose a contest. Showing no mercy to the opposing midfield. We were pilling on the goals with our mids clearing it long to the blood thirsty forward line, who could smell a kill.
We went into the first break up by 42 points, with Fitzroy failing to have any points on the board or even an inside 50.
We started the second quarter very much similar to that of the first. With the midfield yet again providing the goods through the middle of the ground. Big Bad Barry Arnold’s pace and repeat efforts were outstanding, inspiring the rest of his midfield counter parts to do the same with Fraser ‘’Plugga’’ Halligan and James Murray doing the same. Fitzroy were playing catch up as our run was proving to much for them to handle and the boys could already sense them losing hope. A big bag of goals was on the cards for Angus Roller as he already had 6 majors before the 2nd quarter was through. It wasn’t all smooth sailing for our defenders though, as Fitzroy did manage to get two goals on the board that quarter.
We headed into half time up by 65 points.
After a well-earned break and with the coaches reminding us of the challenge that was on our door step next week, we reiterated the point of putting the foot on the throat and closing out the game strongly, an area we have struggled with this season. Angus Roller was pulled out of our game at the half with his 6 majors and put up to the 19 Premiers playing after us to help them try to win their first game of the season. A well deserved call up. However for us this meant spreading the goal kickers around and that is exactly what happened. By the end of the game we had 11 goal kickers. The 3rd quarter was well similar to the other two as we continued to build the score higher and throw players in different positions to test it out. Henry ‘’Starko’’ Starkins was proving to be quite the swing man being thrown back, middle and forward. His brute strength and determination has been a most welcomed addition to the side this season. Henry Hinge also proved himself as one of our key big men, playing his best game of the season and setting up a few goals. One of the highlights of the quarter was Kizza Forbes dribbling one through from right against the boundary line with almost no celebration.
We led by 113 points at the last break.
3 QTR TIME
The boys played out the game well and credit to Fitzroy they didn’t give up and showed some fight in the last quarter. However a good day for the Cardinals who really showed what kind of team we could be this year, winning by 118 points.
We now look forward to arguably our biggest game of the season thus far, coming up against top of the ladder and undefeated ST Bernards at home next week. This will be a huge challenge for the boys as we look to stamp our mark on the competition and push our credentials for finals.
The Under 19 Reserves are loving their footy this season and feel as if we are building something special, so get down to McQueen Financial Group Park this Saturday at 11.40 to cheer the boys on.